Despite its many benefits, The Irish Heart Foundation has confirmed that 80% of adults in Ireland are eating less than the 25 – 34g of fibre recommended daily. While children need less (their age plus 5g fibre per day i.e. a ten-year-old child should be getting 15 g a day (10 years + 5g of fibre)), we know that the majority of Irish children are not getting enough either.
Just say the word ‘barmbrack’ and images of Halloween come to mind. Traditionally it contained various objects baked into the bread and whatever you fished out revealed your fate – married or spinster, poor or rich! There are no coins or rings in this version but feel free to add your own. Just be mindful of the potential choking hazard!
With level 5 restrictions now in place, it’s hard to have a positive view of the next few weeks. Research from UCD’s Institute of Food and Health shows that 40% of us in Ireland ate more than usual and 1/3 of us reported weight gain over the lockdown earlier this year. But let’s look at the silver lining….. We have an opportunity over the next 5 ½ weeks to implement some healthy habits and emerge from the lockdown looking and feeling better in the run up to Christmas – like a gentle lockdown food reboot! [Read more…]
Oats, maybe not ranking quite as high as some on the superfood scale but a food that is super nonetheless. They are quick, filling, nutritious and affordable. They are rich in b-vitamins, calcium, magnesium and potassium but contain more phytates than any other grain. Phytates can bind to minerals and inhibit their absorption so it is important to soak the oats you are going to use overnight in water plus an acidic medium such as lemon, apple cider vinegar, kefir, yogurt or buttermilk.
We believe that food is always first. Natural wholefoods are so much more than the sum of their parts and eating them should be one of life’s pleasures. However, evidence unfortunately shows the decline in nutrient levels in our food over the last 50 – 100 years. This means that it’s even more important than before to squeeze many nutritious wholefoods into our daily diet. It also means that some of us may benefit from the use of supplements. This can be in the shorter term as we work on dietary change.